I know that Texas is not typically associated with the word “Democrat”, despite giving the world LBJ. (“The Great Society” anyone?) I also know that our late primary, due to the redistricting crisis that erupts every ten years, means that even less people are concerned about the primaries in this state and the district conventions, as well. There’s even the possibility that you’re used to attending your precinct convention on Primary election day and then attending your senate convention. I know I hate it when my routines get inconvenienced by people seeking to silence minority voters.
There’s also not a contested primary going on - not an exciting one, like Obama v. Hillary in 2008.
However, it still saddens me how dramatically low the Senate District Democratic Convention turnouts seem to have been all across the state this past weekend. It was a beautiful day in Houston, so maybe I kind of understand it a teensy bit. I was honestly hoping we would be done quickly, so as to turn around and be able to partake in the beautiful day (we, fortunately, were able to leave quickly, in part due to the low turnout). I also know that waking up on a Saturday to sign in at 8 a.m is a little daunting. I mean, it is the weekend, after all.
Here’s the thing: I don’t care what your excuse was for missing your Senate District Convention this past weekend. I really, really don’t. The fact of the matter is, The Texas Democratic Party needs you. So, if you weren’t able to be at your Senate District Convention this past Saturday, get in touch with your local county’s Democratic Party or your precinct chair or your local Democratic club. If you participate on any level as a Democrat in Texas politics, we NEED you. It’s not too late to sign up to attend the state convention as a delegate. Your Senate District has until April 25th (that’s WEDNESDAY!!!) to select their delegates. In Senate District 7, for example, we are allocated 216 delegates and 216 alternates. We currently have 76 delegates assigned for the convention.
I know you think Obama has the White House and there’s no need to go to the convention, as there is no important contested race, but so much is decided at the state level at this convention, and it’s just a lot of fun, if you’re into politics. We decide on Resolutions and so many other things. Also, the state convention is going to be in Houston this year, and I know that it doesn’t sound cool, but were an awesome city! (My second favourite in Texas, I promise, only after Austin.)
So, if politics is your thing, you’re a Texan, currently living in Texas, and you’re a Democrat, your party needs you!
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